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The Independent Student Newspaper of Emory University

Volume 94, Issue 15

Friday, October 26, 2012

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Emory’s AAUP Chapter Criticizes Dept. Changes Statement to Cite Faculty’s Lack of Involvement in Process By Evan Mah Editor in Chief

Austin Price/Photography Co-Editor

Associate Professor of Medicine Neil Shulman engages in the second protest of the Atlanta Action for a Rape Free Congo series of demonstrations that are meant to raise public awareness about the gang-rape violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Protest Raises Awareness About Violence in the DRC By Elizabeth Howell Multimedia Editor

Congo, which Emory School of Medicine Associate Professor Neil Shulman organized in an attempt to engage the Emory community. The demonstrators attracted the attention of drivers on North Decatur Road by holding signs calling for the U.S. government and United Nations to intervene in the Congo. Some of the signs listed statistics of the violence in the Congo, while other expressed demands such as “I want a better world” or “UN/US GOVT protect [women] and children in Congo.”

Demonstrators gathered at the traffic circle at Emory Village in front of the main entrance to the University on Wednesday afternoon in order to raise awareness about the use of rape as a war tactic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event was the second in a series of demonstrations called the Atlanta Action for a Rape Free

The goal of the protests is to attract media attention in the hopes of putting pressure on the U.S. and the United Nations to help stop the destruction in the Congo, according to Felix Tshimanga, a doctor at the Emory University Hospital who is from the Congo and was present at the demonstration. Although Wednesday’s protest was fairly local, the next Atlanta Action for a Rape Free Congo demonstration will be in downtown Atlanta in front of the CNN building.


Since neighboring countries invaded the DRC in 2000 in order to mine gold and other minerals used in modern technology, 8 million people have been killed, and 48 women are raped every hour in this war for resources, according to Tshimanga. Despite this great injustice, international powers have taken little action to put an end to the violence, Tshimanga said. Neil Shulman, who is the organiz-


Emory’s local chapter for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is set to release a statement next week questioning the process that led to the recent department changes. The association consists of 34 Emory faculty and former administrators and is part of a national organization comprised of more than 500 campus chapters. The AAUP aims to support academic freedom and shared governance at universities across the United States. The group met shortly after Sept. 14, when College Dean Robin Forman announced that the College would be phasing out or suspending admission to select programs in the College and Laney Graduate School, according to Barbara Ladd, AAUP’s current president and a professor in the English department. Such decisions, Ladd said, were not Forman’s to make. “That flies in the face of AAUP recommendations,” Ladd said. “It’s stated very clearly and has been a stated principle of AAUP for decades that responsibility for curriculum is in the hands of the faculty and that a dean or another administrator over-

Theft, Assault Reported Around Campus

Analysts, Students React to Final Presidential Debate In the final debate of the presidential campaign on Oct. 22, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney argued about several foreign policy issues, including Iran’s nuclear capabilities, the Afghanistan war and China’s growing eminence in the global economy. In addition, they continued the fight over their ideological differences regarding domestic issues, during moments of the debate that deviated from the standard format. The debate, which was moderated by CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer, took place at Lynn University in Florida. According to The New York Times and CBS News, Romney moved towards more moderate positions regarding foreign policy issues. This, according to political analysts, has been his past debate tactic to appeal to independent and undecided voters. Many newscasters declared Obama the unofficial “winner” of the debate because of his aggressive debating style, said an Oct. 23 Times article. Many students have agreed with that claim, stating that Romney’s proposals lacked unique appeal. “[Obama] seemed more in command. Romney didn’t really propose any different policies; he just agreed with what Obama said,” said College sophomore Nikita Shrinath. The outcome of the debate, however, was unlikely to have changed many voters’ minds, an Oct. 23 CBS News article said. While Obama may have displayed a stronger performance according to some viewers, his victory fell short of what would have been required to shift the polls into giving him a clear

ELECTION SERIES This Issue: A look at the final presidential debate before the election. on Nov. 3.

By Stephanie fang News Co-Editor


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he Bra Chain Campaign displayed bras in a chain stretching across McDonough Field on Oct. 24. The bras, collected by members of Feminists in Action and Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, will be donated to a local shelter.


REALC to Offer Korean Studies Minor By Harmeet Kaur Staff Writer As global dynamics shift toward a heightened role for Asia, the Korean Studies program at Emory is experiencing a wave of growth and development. Juliette Apkarian, associate professor and chair of the Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures (REALC) department, announced plans for development within the program. As of now, Korean Studies does not house its own department but is instead a program within REALC. Coursework in Korean Studies cur-






university in Seoul, South Korea. Sociologist Sun-Chul Kim has been appointed as assistant professor of modern Korean society and culture in Emory’s REALC department. This appointment is the second fulltime position created in the Korean Studies program. Dr. Bumyong Choi, a specialist in Korean language and linguistics, was appointed the first regular faculty member of the Korean Studies program in July 2011. Interdisciplinary initiatives are also in place. The Korean Studies program plans to partner with the

Administrators received reports of a theft that occurred on campus and a physical assault that occurred in a neighborhood near campus. Both incidents occurred yesterday afternoon, according to a Universitywide email. The theft occurred in front of the Alabama Residence Hall at about 3:50 p.m. Two male perpetrators, both of whom remain at large, responded to an online advertisement that a male student had posted, according to the email. The perpetrators agreed to meet the student in front of Alabama so that he could sell them his old cell phone. However, the subjects snatched the cell phone as soon as the student had placed it on a table in front of them and ran from the area. One of the subjects reportedly punched the student after he began to run after them. Both subjects ran down Dickie Drive toward Eagle Row, according to the email. The student described the assailants as two black males — one described as wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, approximately 5 feet 5 inches, 130 pounds with short hair and a dark birthmark between his eyebrows. The other subject reportedly was wearing a T-shirt of unknown color and blue jeans, approximately 5 feet 7 inches, 150 pounds and had a “lowcut hair style.” No weapon was involved in the

Next Time: Professors discuss last minute polls

margin. On the other hand, many believe that Romney avoided damage on a topic he was perceived to be weaker on, furthering the continuation of the close margin between the two candidates. “In general, voters care less about foreign policy than domestic policy, and debates rarely move the polls much, the first debate being an exception,” said Professor of Political Science Kyle Beardsley in an email to the Wheel. He added that “a foreign policy debate is not likely to matter much in determining the winner of the election.” During the debate, Romney attacked Obama’s foreign policy initiatives. These included what Romeny said was a nonexistent Israel and Palestine peace agreement, Iran’s nuclear bomb capability and al-Qaeda’s continuing eminence in the Middle East. Romney’s justification for denouncing Obama’s foreign policy moves as president was that Obama had failed to accomplish anything concrete, especially in regards to a Palestine/Israel written peace agreement. Additionally, he claimed that Iran was no further away from a nuclear



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By Anusha Ravi Staff Writer

turns decisions taken by the faculty only in rare and exceptional cases.” The statement is the first step toward what could be a long process. Should the national organization conduct an investigation and find issues with faculty governance, Emory would be sanctioned, according to Sharon Strocchia, AAUP’s presidentelect and a history professor. The report would be widely circulated and signal to the public “unsatisfactory conditions of academic governance” at Emory. “Being sanctioned by the AAUP could very well make it harder to recruit professors, especially if they have other employment options,” Strocchia wrote in an email to the Wheel.. While administrators such as Forman and Provost Earl Lewis, Emory’s chief academic officer, have said the decision is final, Ladd said she hopes that the University will allow several faculty bodies such as the Governance Committee, Humanities Council and University Senate to review the decision. The committee that directly advised Forman — the College Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) — is comprised only of faculty members, but Ladd said the

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rently satisfies major and minor requirements for the East Asian Studies and International Studies programs. Apkarian said the REALC department is developing a degree minor in Korean Studies. A proposal will be submitted to the curriculum committee this year, and Apkarian said she hopes to see the degree offered next year. The study abroad programs in Korea are also expanding as the department works with a wider range of universities. In addition, the program is launching a teaching-assistant fellowship between Emory and Yonsei University, a private research





National, Local and Higher Education News

• A New York City police officer was arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap, torture, cook and cannibalize many women. Gilbert Valle was supposedly had co-conspirators and used to the National Crime Information Center database to gather information about his prospective victims. FBI agents and detectives from the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau arrested Valle, who could face life in prison, on Wednesday at his home in Queens.

Thompson is now in jail again. • A 9-year-old girl wearing a black-and-white Halloween costume was shot by a relative who though she was a skunk. She was shot in the shoulder, but was conscious and talking on her way to the hospital. The relative had not been drinking alcohol when he fired the gun.

— Compiled by Multimedia Editor Elizabeth Howell

• A sex offender from Fulton County broke his probation rules by volunteering at two Fulton County schools. Demetrius Thompson went on several field trips and was frequently around children before another parent found him on the Georgia Sex Offender Online Registry. The Wheel reports and corrects all errors published in the newspaper and at Please contact Editor-in-Chief Evan Mah at emah@ to report an error.

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This Week In Emory History


NEWS ROUNDUP • Obama became the first president in U.S. history to cast an early ballot and encouraged his supporters to do the same. Stressing the convenience of early voting, Obama told voters that it allows them to go the polls when it best fits into their schedule. However, the president would not say whether or not he voted for himself.



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• On Oct. 19 at 3:05 in the morning, officers responded to a male Emory student laying on the floor of the Longstreet-Means Hall. The student was clearly intoxicated with slurred speech and was unable to fully communicate with the officers. DeKalb Fire and Rescue arrived and transported the student to Emory Hospital. Officers also obtained a fake ID from the individual. Campus life professionals have been notified. • An Apple iPhone 5 was taken from the Woodruff Library on Oct. 19 between 4:30 and 4:50 p.m. The

phone was stolen as the student went to the printer station. The situation has been turned over to an investigator. • A bicycle was stolen from outside of the School of Medicine on Oct. 22 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. The bike was a Trek 3700 and white in color.

multiple times after residents did not turn the music down enough. A citation for violation of the DeKalb noise ordinance was issued.

— Compiled by News Co-Editor Nicholas Sommariva

• Officers received multiple noise complaints from residents near Emory regarding sound coming from the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house at 17 Eagle Row on Oct. 19 at 11:38 p.m. Officers had to go to the house

October 27, 1992 The Interfraternity Council president informed the IFC of preliminary plans to allow fraternities to lease their houses to corporations sponsoring the 1996 Summer Olympics. Businesses sought to use the fraternity houses as both housing and reception facilities. The fraternities expected to receive between $85 to $100 per bed per night, which they planned to use to renovate the houses.

EVENTS AT EMORY FRIDAY Event: Introduction to Blackboard Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: ECIT 217 Woodruff Library Event: Goizueta Evening & Executive MBA Student/Company and Alumni Networking Mixer Time: 5 p.m. Location: Goizueta Business School Event: National Chemistry Week Mole Day Celebration Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Emerson Courtyard Event: Athletics—Volleyball Time: 6 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Emory Wind Ensemble with Emory University Chorus Time: 8 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall

SATURDAY Event: Athletics—Volleyball Time: 1 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Athletics—Volleyball Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Woodruff P.E. Center Event: Scary Ride! Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall Event: Haunted Harris Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: Harris Hall



Event: 7th Annual Freshman Legacy Brunch & Pinning Ceremony Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Miller-Ward Alumni House, Governors Hall

Event: Laney Graduate School Competitive Fellowship Reception Time: 4 p.m. Location: Lawrence P. & Ann Estes Klamon Room, , Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Event: University Worship with The Rev. Dr. Joel LeMon Time: 11 a.m. Location: Cannon Chapel Event: Not-So-Innocents Abroad: The Beginnings of American Biblical Archaeology Time: 3 p.m. Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Reception Hall Event: Emory Concert Choir Time: 7 p.m. Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Emerson Concert Hall

Event: Queer Interfaith Discussion Group Time: 7 p.m. Location: 421 Glenn Memorial Church School Building Event: Flannery O’Connor and Freud, The Meaning of Life in Death Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Claudia Nance Rollins Bldg



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Ehrenberg Discusses Univ. Financial Strains By Rajiv Velury Staff Writer Ronald Ehrenberg, director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, discussed the growing financial strains associated with maintaining private research institutions at a videoconference lecture on Wednesday. The lecture, streamed at The Woodruff Health Sciences Administration building and titled “Is the Golden Age of Private Research Universities Over?” explored the reforms that institutions can implement to continue to thrive. The University Senate sponsored the event as part of a series of lectures focusing on the sustainability of educational costs. Ehrenberg, who also serves as the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, noted that fierce competition between universities has driven up university expenditures. He compared institutions to “Cookie Monster” from “Sesame Street,” explaining that Cookie Monster’s job is to “find as many cookies as he or she can eat and stuff them into his or her mouth.” Ehrenberg argued that universities today have a similar mentality and

search for the best students and faculty. Universities, he said, therefore spend more money, especially in competing for higher U.S. News & World Report rankings. Rankings are more important to universities than their administrators are willing to admit, Ehrenberg said. He added that presently, students and their parents feel that the college at which a student gets an education matters just as much as whether the student attends college — a concept that he said is supported by research. Lowering expenditures leads to lower rankings, thus creating incentives for universities to spend more, he said. While blaming the “cookie monster” mentality for rising costs, Ehrenberg also mentioned the rising cost of undergraduate tuition. Ehrenberg said undergraduate tuition has increased at a rate higher than inflation has. He noted that institutions may soon begin to discuss ways to ease the financial burdens of higher education. Ehrenberg also stressed departmental cuts as a remedy, noting that no university can offer everything. He said that with advances in technology, universities will be able to share courses in the future. “This is really analogous to the

political debate going on [about the deficit],” Ehrenberg said. When an audience member expressed doubt that his recommendations would lower costs, Ehrenberg joked that he felt “a little bit like Mitt Romney.” Many audience members said they enjoyed Ehrenberg’s lecture. Kristin Wendland, a senior lecturer in the Department of Music, said she appreciated learning about the history of university budgets, adding that she is motivated to read more of his works. College senior Ernest Brown felt that the speech overall had a negative tone but remarked that he felt this tone was appropriate given the circumstances. He agreed with many of Ehrenberg’s ideas for reform. “Technology should play a greater role in controlling the cost,” he said. Ehrenberg ultimately answered the question that his lecture’s title had asked about: whether or not the golden age of the private research universities is over. “I presented a dismal picture, perhaps, of the future of the private research university,” he said. “My fear is that the answer is yes.”

— Contact Rajiv Vellury at

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he Farmers Market hosts multiple venders that feature local produce and organic, sustainably produced foods. Held from 12 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday on Cox Hall Bridge, the Farmers Market promotes interaction with Georgia farmers while enlightening students about healthy eating.


HHS Partnership Lowers Tuition for Some By Wendy Becker Staff Writer Emory University announced a new partnership with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that will enable HHS employees and their immediate family members to obtain discounted tuition in various Emory Schools. The programs offering reduced tuition include: the Emory University School of Law for those earning Juris Master degrees, the Laney Graduate School for masters in bioethics and computer science, the Goizueta Business School for evening MBA, weekend executive MBA and the Modular executive MBA programs and the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing for students earning bachelors or masters in nursing. According to a press release from Oct. 22, the new collaboration was established when HHS representatives contacted Emory University. HHS had wanted to offer employees more opportunity to receive education. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) falls under the HHS. It is for these employees in particular that the partnership is intended, according to the press release. “Over the years, we’ve been offering a small number of very good courses at the CDC for employees — we already had a connection through Emory’s Continuing Education Program — but it was clear that they were also interested in taking things in a new direction, including masters degree programs,” said Lynn Zimmerman, senior vice provost for undergraduate and continuing education.

Zimmerman also said in the press release that the affiliation between Emory and HHS “arose naturally” because it benefits both the school and the employees. The school will gain economic profit from a new source of students, while the employees will acquire different pathways to take courses.

“We have so many strong connections with CDC scientists. Many people who work there also teach in the School of Public Health ... ” — Lynn Zimmerman, senior vice provost for undergraduate and continuing education The press release also mentioned how the partnership will build on the relationship between Emory students and CDC employees that already exists. “We have so many strong connections with CDC scientists,” Zimmerman said. “Many people who work there also teach in the School of Public Health, and our students often do research internships there.” Deans at the various graduate schools involved in the new partnership have already shown enthusiasm for future collaboration. Many said that they anticipate the program to be successful in “enriching the overall classroom experience.” Goizueta’s involvement with HSS coincides with previous enrollment by many CDC employees in eve-

ning and executive MBA programs. Kathleen Edwards, senior associate director of MBA admissions at Goizueta Business School, said in the press release that this partnership will add to the education of business students. “As students evaluate business strategies and operational issues in the health care industry, their unique perspective can add a great deal to the classroom conversation,” Edwards said. The Juris Master degree is a new feature to the Emory University Law School. Classes in the program began this fall. The program focuses on understanding the legal principles of all different professional fields. “It is important to think of law schools as not only training lawyers, but as providing a broad legal education to both lawyers and nonlawyers,” Dean Robert Schapiro said. “Professionals in business, technology, journalism, engineering, politics and health care increasingly benefit from a grounding in the law applicable to their areas.” For more information on HHS eligibility, employees and their families are encouraged to contact the Emory Admissions Office. Zimmerman, according to the press release, has high hopes for future collaboration with HSS and the CDC. “It’s really just the tip of the iceberg about the kind of partnerships that might exist,” Zimmerman said. “There is a tremendous potential for further educational partnerships with the CDC. I think it’s a win-win for both sides.”

— Contact Wendy Becker at

Pop Culture Has Spiked Interest in Korean Studies, Profs. Say Continued from Page 1 Candler School of Theology and the Emory School of Law as well as the women’s studies department. In addition, the Halle Institute for Global Learning is finalizing plans to host “Korea 2020: Technology, Commerce, and Policy,” an interdisciplinary conference this spring among students, faculty and the community. Apkarian cites the heightened attention to Korean pop culture, film and global economy as well as North Korean politics in explaining the increased demand for courses in Korean Studies. She also noted that students don’t necessarily have to pursue a degree in

East Asian Studies to benefit from the culture and society of Korea. Emory Goizueta junior Joyce Li is one such student. She is currently studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea through a semester exchange program between Emory and Yonsei University. Instead of majoring in East Asian Studies, Li has an interest in marketing. She said, however, that she still finds coursework in Korean Studies to be valuable. “Korea is influencing the world with its dynamic culture, strong economic power and democratic environment. A lot of college students in America are listening to K-pop

music like Gangnam Style, using Samsung electronic products and getting involved in various Korea related organizations. The investment in Korean Studies will allow all Emory students to connect themselves to innovative ideas from South Korea,” wrote Li in an email to the Wheel. Apkarian is optimistic about the future of Korean Studies at Emory. “This is a very exciting time for us. We are approaching Korean Studies in a very dynamic and interconnecting way so it isn’t an isolated discipline, but one that really engages a broad range of students and faculty in a number of ways,” she said.

— Contact Harmeet Kaur at


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Organizers Led Protest After Speaking with Univ. Employees them. After working at Emory for 45 er of the demonstrations, said that he years, Shulman said he is confident thought the event was very successful that the University can help be a due to the diverse leader in the world’s group of people in effort to end this attendance, includtragedy. “Nobody is for [rape in ing students, faculty, “Nobody is for University retirees it,” he said. “But the Congo], but it’s a as well as other a matter of getmatter of getting people it’s concerned memting people who who are against it to be are against it to be bers of the Emory community. outspoken.” outspoken.” Shulman also Emory has said he thought that recently been sup— Neil Shulman targeting the trafSchool of Medicine associate portive of intervenfic circle in front professor tion in the Congo, of the University joining the Conflictentrance was effecFree Campus tive because of the large number of Initiative earlier this year. Emory’s cars that drove by the demonstration. new Conflict Materials Policy supShulman decided to organize the ports the purchase of electronics demonstrations after talking to two that are made without the minerwomen from the Congo who work at als that are causing such turmoil the DUC. The women fear for their in the Congo, according to a July 5 families who still live in the Congo, University press release. — Contact Elizabeth Howell at and they asked Shulman if there was anything anyone could do to help

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embers of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Ryan Toscano, Eric Hong and Aaron Shpiner (left to right) Grill in Asbury Circle at Wonderful Wednesday for their annual philanthropy event with Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. All proceeds go to the local Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. The event started Wednesday and will continue till this Friday.


Researchers Find Link Between Coffee and Vision Loss By Tricia Vaughan The Crimson White, U. Alabama Students searching for a caffeine kick to get through midterms may want to think twice before taking a sip of java. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and other health research institutions recently published a study showing a connection between coffee consumption and vision loss. The study, published in “Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science,” revealed that adults who drink three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day are 34 percent more likely to develop primary openangle glaucoma. The chronic disease affects one percent of the population and occurs when the eye swells, which deteriorates optic nerve cells. As more optic nerve cells die, blind spots begin to form. Often those with the condition don’t even realize they’re losing their eye sight since there are no symptoms tied to it. The study also found that other

caffeinated drinks like soda and tea caffeinated coffee might be a modifihad no link to POAG. able risk factor for glaucoma,” Kang The good news for coffee addicts told Science Daily. “It may also lead is that only participants with a family to research into other dietary or lifehistory of glaucoma and over the age style factors as risk factors.” of 40 later experienced the vision Although the Harvard study makes loss from drinking drinking cofmultiple cups of joe fee seem like daily. an everlasting “Confirmation of these The author of the veil of darkstudy, Jae Hee Kang, results in other populations ness for the ScD, of Channing eyes, there are would be needed to lend Division Network many perks more credence to the posof Medicine at the energizing Brigham and sibility that caffeinated coffee drink has to Women’s Hospital might be a modifiable risk offer. in Boston, Mass., Re s e a r ch factor for glaucoma.” spoke with “Science has found — Jae Hee Kang, coffee drinkDaily” about the Channing Division Network of ers have a impact the study Medicine 50 percent may have on future dietary studies. less chance “Because this of developis the first study ing liver canto evaluate the association between cer and a lower possibility of colon, caffeinated coffee and exfoliation breast and rectal cancer than those glaucoma in a U.S. population, con- who don’t. firmation of these results in other Avid coffee drinkers are also less populations would be needed to lend likely to get diabetes. more credence to the possibility that Not everyone who consumes large

Emory Faculty Comm. Insufficient Male Reports Assault Close to Make Changes, Ladd Says to Campus es. In the end, the two groups presented a set of recommendations to the AAUP takes issue with the com- University, which acted accordingly. mittee’s origins, its changing conThe AAUP recognizes that instistitutional charge and its reports, tutions must be able to review and or lack thereof, to the Governance discontinue departments, but faculty Committee. in those departIn September ments should be 2011, the well-informed early “The problem from Governance in the process, Ladd Committee emailed AAUP’s perspective is said. faculty members “The problem not that decions were to garner nominafrom AAUP’s permade ... but it’s the tions for the CFAC, spective is not that but the committee’s decisions were process,” listed responsimade ... but it’s the bilities were vague, process,” Ladd said. — Barbara Ladd, AAUP Presiaccording to Ladd. “A nine-member dent and English Professor Reviewing the committee — that’s “sustainability of not sufficient for departments and programs” is “not this kind of decision.” as clear or as specific as it needs to The local chapter, which dates be when you undertake something back to 1938, has yet to ask the like this,” Ladd said. national organization to investigate In contrast with Emory, Ladd cited the situation, and Ladd hopes that the University of Hartford, which they won’t be forced to do so. took extensive steps to ensure “fac“I hope that the administration ulty by-in” before making serious and the Governance Committee and departmental changes earlier this other elected bodies of the University year. The College created two task will see how important this is — forces of 25 and 20 faculty mem- what a significant outpouring of probers, respectively. The first task force test we have going on here — and focused on the quality and academic will step in to respond,” Ladd said. — Contact Evan Mah at merit of departments, and the second force studied administration financ-

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Continued from Page 1 incident. Approximately 28 minutes later, another incident occurred in a neighborhood near campus. A teenage male reported to DeKalb County that he was walking along Springdale Road at 4:18 p.m. when he was accosted by two males. The assailants proceeded to push him to the ground before grabbing both his backpack and cell phone. The victim described the assailants as black males, both of whom wore white shirts and black pants, according to the email. One subject was approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet in height with a goatee beard and waist-length dreadlocks. The other subject was “shorter in height with a slim build.” No weapon was involved in this incident either. University administrators encourage anyone who knows of any information pertaining to either of these two incidents to contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850 or the Emory Police Department at 404-727-6111.

— Contact Stephanie Fang at

quantities of coffee daily will develop POAG. Those at risk of acquiring the chronic disease are people 40 and older; those with relatives who have the condition; people with high intraocular pressure; and those with diabetes. The disease is also more prominent in some ethnicities such as Africans, Asians and Latinos. The Glaucoma Foundation recommends everyone under 40 years of age should have an eye exam every three to four years. Those over 40 should be tested at least every one and half years, while people 40 and older with one of the risk factors should get tested annually. Remember: Moderation is key in everything, whether genetically jinxed with a family history of glaucoma or not. So fellow coffee lovers, don’t feel like you have to put down that cup of joe just yet.



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 Science Research Roundup Compassion Meditation Improves neural Basis of Empathy A recent study conducted by Emory researchers has found that compassion-based meditation can improve a person’s ability to read and interpret the facial expressions of others. The purpose of the study, explained lead author and postdoctoral fellow in anthropology Jennifer Mascaro, was to investigate whether eight weeks of training in a compassion-based meditation program, called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), would enhance empathic accuracy, or people’s ability to read facial expressions, and increase the brain activity associated with this social skill. According to Mascaro, previous research has already proven that people who can better read emotional expressions of others have better relationships. This study’s results, however, suggest that behavioral intervention could enhance empathy by increasing activity in parts of the brain that are important to recognizing emotions in others. The meditation protocol CBCT was developed by study co-author Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership. The program is based off of ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices but is secular in content and presentation. The CBCT program focuses on teaching people to interpret and study their relationship with others, explained Negi. In an Emory press release on Oct. 1, Negi states that CBCT aims to condition one’s mind to recognize how people are interdependent and that everyone desires to be happy. The improved empathy was tested through both behavioral tests of the study subjects and through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of the subjects’ brain activity. According to the news release,

study participants included 13 healthy adults without prior meditation experience and eight randomized control subjects that did not participate in the CBCT program. The researchers then tested empathic accuracy before and after CBCT through fMRI brain scans while analyzing black and white photographs of people’s expressions. The results showed an increase in scores for people who participated in the CBCT program and no change or decrease for the control subjects, stated Mascaro. The CBCT subjects also showed increased neural activity in brain areas important for empathy and reading facial expressions, suggesting that the changes in brain activity during the task accounted for the changes in scores, explained Mascaro. “We know that positive relationships with others are intimately related to well-being, so identifying training programs that enhance empathy will have far-reaching effects on the health of the practitioners and likely on those around them,” said Mascaro. Besides Mascaro and Negi, the research team also included a former psychiatrist at Emory’s School of Medicine currently at the University of Arizona, Charles Raison, and Emory College professor and anthropologist James Rilling. The study was published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal.

Physicists Find Another Piece to the Glass Puzzle Physicists and researchers at Emory are the first to create an experiment and discover the particle motion and dynamics for glass formation. Lead researcher and professor of physics Eric Weeks explored what makes glass different at the molecular level as super-cooled liquid transforms into a glass state. Weeks and his lab found that cooling a liquid not only changes the

substance viscosity, a type of super thickness, but also alters the way the material particles move through space, explained an Emory press release on Oct. 15. Weeks and Kazem Edmond, another graduate student in the lab, created an experiment that showed the three-dimensional movement through a three-dimensional movie. They analyzed mixtures of water and tiny tetrahedral balls the size of the nucleus of a cell through a specific kind of microscope that scanned the samples as the viscosity and rate of glass formation increased. Weeks described the changes in motion as particles becoming “decoupled.” According to Weeks in a press release, this means that the amount of rotation and the direction occur at different rates; in this case, the rotation starts to slow down more for glass molecules. Weeks explains that the two types of motion, directional and rotational, remain correlated and at similar rates in normal liquids and solids. Weeks explains that when liquid water turns into ice, the water molecules slow down and lock into crystal patterns. However, when liquid forms into glass, the movement of glass molecules slow down but remain mixed and variable, stated Weeks. The results were published in the science journal Proceedings

of the National Academy of the Sciences. How Fear Changes our Spacial Perception Emory psychologists have found that fear can skew our perception of approaching objects in a recent clinical study. Stella Lourenco, co-author of the study and associate professor of psycholgoy, said that the study showed that emotion and perception are not completely separate from each other in the mind. According to Lourenco, fear can change how people perceive

the world around them. Lourenco explained through an Emory press release on Oct. 9 that people usually have a well-developed spatial perception, which is the ability to sense when objects moving towards them will make contact. To test how fear alters this perception, the researchers created an experiment where subjects made inferences on collision time of images on a computer screen. The news release states that the images changed in size to simulate a visual pattern for judging collision time called “looming.” The results showed that the subjects underestimated the collision time of snakes, spiders and other frightening objects versus nonintimidating objects like rabbits or butterflies, stated the news release. This suggests that scarier objects are perceived as making contact sooner compared to non-threatening objects. According to Lourenco, this implies that what the object is makes a difference on how people perceive looming. Furthermore, researchers were able to estimate by how much participants would underestimate the collision time based off the amount of fear each person had. The study shows that the more frightened someone is, the more they underestimated a collision time, stated Lourenco. Lourenco said in the press release that these results and this study can help understand many severe phobias. The researchers hope to further their findings by discovering whether the fear expands a person’s personal space or changes how fast the object seems to be moving. The study was done in collaboration with Matthew Longo, a psychologist at the University of London and was published in the science journal, Current Biology.

— Compiled by Staff Writer Mallika Manyapu

Candidates Agree on Issues Regarding Military Continued from Page 1 bomb and that al-Qaeda’s presence was still significant in the Middle East. Meanwhile, according to the Oct. 23 Times article, Obama mocked Romney’s “lack” of foreign policy experience by accusing the governor of being unable to differentiate between different weapons and deeming Romney’s foreign policy strategy as “all over the map.” The candidates disputed at length the structure and growth of different facets of the military, particularly the Navy, during the debate. When Romney complained that the Navy was the smallest it had ever been under Obama’s administration, Obama aggressively attacked Romney’s statements regarding weapons and portrayed him as outdated and ignorant, according to the Times article. “We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them,” Obama said. “We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, and so the question is not a game of Battleship where we are

counting ships.” However, the candidates seemed to agree on a variety of issues, despite the seemingly hostile tone of the debate. Both Romney and Obama agreed on withdrawal from the war in Afghanistan, the usage of drones to

“We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, and so the question is not a game of Battleship where we are counting ships,” — Barack Obama, president of the United States

capture and kill terrorists and the dangers of intervening in the Syrian conflict. The Times article has attributed this “agreement” to Romney’s slide towards the center on the political

scale; by staying neutral and not taking extreme stands, he will maintain a better chance of appealing to independent voters. The debate often coalesced into reoccurring verbal sparring between Romney and Obama regarding differences in their specific economic recovery platforms. More specifically, this included an accusation by Romney that , during his term, Obama has devalued the U.S. influence around the world because of his “failure to deal with our economic challenges at home.” The change from foreign back to domestic policy may have had to do with Obama’s perceived advantage in foreign policy, the Oct. 23 CBS News article said. According to several news outlets, because many voters see Obama as a stronger commander in chief, Romney may have attempted to steer the debate away from foreign policy and more towards domestic policy, particularly economics, to refocus attention on his strengths and differences from Obama.

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Zachary Elkwood is a member of the Class of 2015. His cartoons appear in every Friday issue of the Wheel.

DUC Changes Welcome Changes Promote Employee Convenience The dining at Dobbs University Center (DUC) has gotten a lot of criticism for its hours of operation and food choices. Recently, the DUC has decided to trial run a different kind of experience from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16. These changes will include ending Late Night and adding an occasional “Premium” option which will allow students to enjoy higher-quality foods like lobster and steak (vegetarians are exempt from paying the extra six) at the cost of six Dooley Dollars and a swipe. Instead of Late Night, the DUC will extends its dinner hours until 10 p.m. After the trial, the Food Advisory Committee at Emory (FACE) will look at the number of swipes used on the days of the trial period to see if there are higher numbers associated with the trial days than those on “normal” DUC days. We at the Wheel believe that these changes are a positive step for the DUC employees and the student body. Abolishing Late Night allows the DUC employees to go home at a more convenient hour. Considering some employees take the MARTA and the last bus comes at 12:13 a.m., it makes sense to let the employees off at an earlier time. Furthermore, freshmen do not have a lot of dining choices, so offering premium items, on however small a scale, will allow for variation to their usual dining experience. We applaud FACE for taking students’ opinions into consideration and working with Sodexo to bring about concrete change. Empirically speaking, this has not been the first time change has been implemented and it surely will not be the last. We find it progressive of Sodexo to be taking into account what its student body is saying as well as being more considerate to their workers. We do, however, feel as if the trial period is too short. Perhaps a two-week trial would allow for a better sense of how many students actually prefer the changes. Considering only one of the four days will be “Premium,” an extended period would be a better representation of what these changes will look like if they are implemented. The above staff editorial represents the majority opinion of the Wheel’s editorial


Editorial Roundup College editorials from across the country The Michigan Daily The University of Michigan October 24, 2012 In its staff editorial entitled “Drowned in Debt” the editorial board of The Michigan Daily addresses the rising cost of a college education and the debt that students must incur to afford one. As college costs continue to increase — by 2.8 percent for in-state students and 3.5 percent for out-of-state students for the 20122013 academic year at Michigan — and post-grad job prospects worsen, more college graduates are defaulting on their student loans. Facing an uncompromising job market, fewer college graduates are able to pay their loans back on time and are facing serious legal repercussions. In 2011, the default rate for the first three years after graduation was 13.4 percent — an alarming 14-year high. All levels of government should explore policy to extend the deadline for student loan payments so graduates have time to secure a job before being hit with their tuition bill. According to a Bloomberg news article, more than 10 percent of federal student loan borrowers default on loan payments that amount to $1 trillion nationwide. Meanwhile, graduate student unemployment has reached a record high, with an 8.8 percent unemployment rate in 2011 with a successful job search timeframe of about six months. And student debt continues to increase with the average hovering around $27,000. This means that only one year after graduation, the interest accrued is almost $2,000. With these obstacles, many students have had no choice but to default on their loans, as they simply do not have the money to settle debts so soon after graduation. Luckily, the 2012-2013 academic year student loans has seen leveled interest rates at 3.4 percent for

subsidized and 6.8 percent for unsubsidized and graduate loans. Still, studies have shown the seriousness of graduate student unemployment and its effect on loan defaults. In a 2011 college graduate survey, only 287 of 503 college graduates surveyed reported full-time employment immediately after graduation. One-third of students moved back home with their parents and approximately one-fifth of these graduates are now financially dependent on their parents. The combination of a poor job market and high student loan costs make it increasingly difficult for graduates to live on their own. Many are drowned in debt before they can even earn their first post-grad paycheck. Diversity of college majors is also shrinking as a result of the struggling job market. The same study showed that nearly one-half of employed graduates work at jobs that do not require a four-year college degree. A college education should have more leverage in the job market, but at the same time should be flexible enough to allow students to pursue their interests. With the threat of student debt looming overhead, many students are pressured into majors that traditionally garner high paying jobs. Without a five or six-figure debt looming after graduation, we wouldn’t want to lose less profitable but nonetheless important concentrations. Government needs to extend the student loan payback timeframe. A longer student loan grace period will give graduates more time to organize their finances and maintain their credit scores. This will decrease default rates and create more stability for graduates and lenders alike. In today’s floundering economy, finding a job is a time consuming rarity. Extending student loan deadlines allows graduates to look forward to their careers, not backward in regret at their student debt.

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Sometimes, Less Is More “Less is more.” It’s a simple statement, a piece of folksy wisdom that a parent, or perhaps an armchair philosophy major, offers up when your entertainment budget has gone into the Red. But the notion of “less is more” is a complicated one. It’s main thrust is that there is a positive correlation between having more ‘stuff’ and having more problems, usually being the cost and anxiety caused by having to care for them. But what is most of our ‘stuff’ now? There’s ‘stuff’ like nice clothes and fancy sheets and high-definition televisions, yes. With the unstoppable march of technology, however, ‘stuff’ is more likely to be an access product or a product that opens the door to other purchases. In part, I mean laptops, but my particular attention is on smartphones and tablets. But we’ll speak of these as a whole. Now, many things can be done with these products. Papers written, calls made, notes taken, etc. Yet services like Spotify, Netflix, and a variety of e-book distributors allow a person access to media libraries that would have been unfathomable less than fifteen

years ago. ‘Stuff’ doesn’t exist in a substantive way like it used to. Now, does a person ‘own’ the movies they watch on Netflix? No. It’s more like having a library leased to you. But it’s still there on your laptop, waiting to be accessed.

Technology is supposed to make things simpler, right? So, less is more, right? You own less, so you have more. But you have access to all of these films and songs and books. And that’s not bad. Not in and of itself. But we, you and I, are at risk of overconsumption. You don’t ever have to watch or listen to something you don’t want to, ever again. Cool! Less of the mundane and awful. Yet, there is the risk, the very real risk, of placing ourselves in the position of feeling prisoner to our “To Watch”/”To Listen To” lists.

It’s amazing that it’s so easy to find new and interesting creative works. This is our era’s equivalent of writing in the vernacular and opening up the written word to more people. Which is all to say: the Internet is kind of a big deal. With all of this in mind, we have to recognize the wave that threatens to sweep us away. There is so much ‘stuff’ that we can interact with. Even with cutting out the 95 percent, we don’t want anything to do with, we still have a staggering amount of things to watch and read and listen to. But we need to leave space open in our lives so that we can just sit with things. I will be fine without hearing the latest leaked track from some hip producer or watching the entire “Joe Biden Rulezz” Youtube playlist. There is value in thinking about something and talking about it and not diving into some other consumption project until then. I want to work with these ideas more. We’ve seen the surface, so let’s prepare to go further.

Rhett Henry is a College sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga.


An Open Letter to President Wagner and Dean Nair To President Wagner and Dean Nair: On behalf of the LGBT community of Emory University, we formally and respectfully request that the administration end its relationship with Chick-fil-A (CFA) and the Winshape Foundation without delay. This company has long been a concern for LGBT students, faculty and alumni because of its anti-gay ideology and activities. What was merely a source of anxiety on campus in recent years has now escalated into an ideologically potent symbol of discrimination and inequality. CFA and its owners have channeled vast sums of money into organizations that disseminate lies about the gay community and promote various “corrective therapies” repudiated by the medical establishment, including the American Psychological Association. One such organization, the Family Research Council, has been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. We believe that CFA’s longstanding support for base discrimination against LGBT persons clashes profoundly with Emory’s core values of inclusion and respect for all members of its community. We affirm Dean Nair’s August statement that “Emory University has a long history of creating access, inclusion and equity for Emory’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students, faculty, staff and alumni,” and that Cathy’s statements “do not reflect Emory’s values as an institution.” It is our conviction, therefore, that such a contradiction now impels us to act. CFA not only resides on our campus, it caters our events, sponsors numerous stu-

dent activities and hosts school orientations via Winshape. For several years now, concerned students aware of CFA’s anti-gay activities have avoided doing business with CFA because of conscience. However, we are still placed in compromising situations when our clubs, teams and organizations use university dollars to be catered by and in some cases meet at CFA. All of this has been further exacerbated by the aggressive “guilty as charged” admission in July by CFA president, Dan Cathy, condemning our pursuit of equality as prideful, arrogant, audacious and godless. Shortly after these public statements were made, the well-publicized events of Aug. 1 solidified CFA as a definitive symbol and rallying point for anti-gay sentiment. We unequivocally support CFA’s right to voice its opinions emanating from conscience and religious conviction. As students of law, we zealously guard our nation’s constitutional freedom of thought; as students of business, we deeply value the free market and the ability of American entrepreneurs to build their own businesses; and, as students of theology, we respect the sacred right of every person to testify to the divine in public and in private. CFA has availed itself of these rights and has chosen to join with the voices of discrimination, bigotry and fear. Emory, as a private institution, likewise has the right to speak out and the freedom to choose. Shall we not use our voice to defy the forces of hate in our society? We in no way question the motives of CFA consumers or employees at Emory. However, we who have been maligned by the behavior

of this company will continue to feel victimized by this intrusive symbol pervading our campus. To some, it is merely fast food. To us, it is a reminder that even though we have “safe spaces” for our LGBT community, we have yet to achieve the “safe campus” we hope for. Emory’s recent ranking in the top 25 of LGBT-inclusive universities makes us proud and gives us hope. It has been and continues to be a community effort. We are setting the pace and forging a template for universities nationwide to follow. Let us not stop now. Our integrity depends on it. Becoming an inclusive organization of any kind takes moral courage and hard work. Is it too great a task for us to reward a vendor that has demonstrated these characteristics in addition to providing a great product? Surely not! Therefore, we implore this administration to take action now and end its contractual relationship with CFA. Mayjean Deem President, Sacred Worth Timothy Wilson President, Emory OUTLaw Daniel Jensen President, Goizueta Pride Alliance Shu Wen Ong and Dohyun Ahn Co-Presidents, Emory Pride Jennifer Whitehead President, Emory Medical Alliance James Crowe and Rand Gilbert Co-Presidents, Oxford Pride Seth Koening Coordinator, Laney Pride Alliance

In Response: Country Music Is Not as Divisive as It Seems To the Editor: After the announcement made by the always hard-working SPC this past week to bring in the Eli Young Band for Fall Band Party, I have been severely disappointed by the Emory Community. Monday’s staff editorial at the Wheel claimed the entire genre of country music was “divisive and polarizing.” This seemed to go right along with complaints and questions I have heard from other students about the choice to bring country music to the campus. My question for you is this: did you listen

to the Eli Young Band before you formed your opinion? Or did you just see the word “country” and stick with some unfounded stereotype? Country music is one of the most popular genres of music in the States. In 2011, almost 43 million country albums were sold. The genre has a long history in this part of the country as well, and many of us who are locals grew up listening to it. Emory University, as a top national university, should always wish to foster an environment that encourages diversity. Already,

the atmosphere created by the folks at the

Wheel and others in the community is doubtful, scornful and nearing hostile. If, after the concert, the community decides that bringing country music to campus was a disaster, then so be it. But please, give the Eli Young Band a chance. Tolerance cannot be selective. Alexander Heideman Emory College Class of 2015



Friday, October 26, 2012


Rape: a Obama’s Failed ‘October Surprise’ Weapon In the DRC BRETT LICHTENBERG

EMILIA TRULUCK In the past five minutes, four women have been raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a result, it isn’t surprising that the DRC has become known as the rape capital of the world. These rapes are not just propagations of rape culture, the type we have even in the United States, but are methods of destroying communities in the DRC’s ongoing conflicts. If you’re unfamiliar with the region, the DRC has been in a violent state ever since it became independent from Belgium. In 1961, a year after its independence, the prime minister was assassinated and an army chief, Joseph Mobutu, came into power. During the Cold War, Mobutu was supported by the U.S. for speaking out against the Soviet Union and assisting in regional conflicts with Soviet allies. Mobutu was known in the region to be a corrupt leader, but was supported by the U.S. until the end of the Cold War. After the Cold War, the DRC lost support from the U.S., and the conflict between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda began to spill over the Rwanda-DRC border. The DRC became a conflict zone for Rwanda and Uganda, who were attempting to exterminate remaining extremist Hutu militia and remained a conflict zone for militias and corporations hoping to seize its mineral-rich land.

DRC militants use rape as a weapon to humiliate women and destroy local communities. The main use of rape as a weapon of war in the conflicts of the region is for destroying communities. By raping and mutilating women, especially in front of their families, militias have a means to humiliate, emasculate and ultimately shatter communities. The ease at which such destruction can be accomplished is dependent, of course, on the value placed upon the virginity of the women in the community. In a heavily patriarchal culture, a woman’s virginity is something that should be protected by both the woman and her community, as she is a symbol of the purity and safety of her community. When the woman’s virginity is stolen or destroyed through an act of rape, her community appears unable to protect her. As a result, the rape survivor may be shunned by her community (they would rather have her disappear than recognize their own faults) or otherwise prevented from having a normal life. In the DRC, specifically, rape may also be used to increase food insecurity. In the country, especially in camps for internallydisplaced persons, women are responsible for collecting firewood and crops. When systematic rape begins to occur near such areas, communities lose their means of collecting food and therefore become weaker and less self-sustainable. Similarly, women who live near valuable natural resources may be targeted to ensure that a culture of fear and acquiescence develops near the valuable resources. Ironically, all of this sexual violence occurs in the country with the greatest number of UN peacekeepers in the world. Not surprisingly, the 2004 secretary general of the UN publicly acknowledged that the peacekeepers were probably involved in perpetrating the sexual abuse. Therefore, rape survivors end up having nowhere to turn and no path by which to seek justice. The DRC lacks a witness protection program, so survivors are often re-raped as punishment if they come forward about their experiences. The armies and militias themselves are of no protection, as some believe rape is necessary for sexual fulfillment when separated from their wives, while others are forced by their superiors to rape as proof of their manhood. As a result of rape used by all sides of the conflict, the DRC will be suffering from the consequences of the conflict long after the peace accords have been signed and the troops have been dismantled. Years of nonstop abuse against women has led to a perception of such relations as normal, yet rape survivors still lack ways to treat injuries sustained in incidents of violence. Many women die of internal poisoning from rape-created fistulas (tears in the vaginal wall between the bladder or rectum), or are left with the legacy of their rapist in the form of HIV or an unwanted child. We can see an illustration of the aftereffects of war rape in present-day Rwanda, where many women are still dying of HIV contracted during the genocide of the 1990s. For a country like Rwanda, where about 70 percent of the population after the genocide was female, such ongoing effects of rape are potentially devastating for years to come. In the DRC, without stricter prosecution and punishment of war rape, we can only expect to see more of the same.

Emilia Truluck is a College freshman from Savannah, Ga.

It’s all falling into place, and perhaps George McGovern’s death let me know this could actually be true. Forty years ago, on Oct. 26, 1972, Republican incumbent Richard Nixon was dueling it out against Mr. McGovern for the Oval Office. Vietnam was now four years underway, leaving America craving peace. The race was neck and neck. Then, the Republicans used their lifeline — their “October Surprise.” It was at this moment that one of the most memorable phrases of the entire war was said. Nixon’s National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger stood before the press at the White House and uttered in his German monotone accent, “We believe that peace is at hand.” Celebration amongst the American people broke out, as there was finally hope that they’d see their loved ones return home. In fact, in that same press conference, Kissinger announced that, “I would think no more than three or four days.” Check your textbooks and let me know if the war in fact ended any time near October 26, 1972. What Kissinger had said was a lie. Although it was a rarity for Kissinger to make public announcements, it was no coincidence that he did this time opposed to Nixon himself. Although perhaps North Vietnam was coming close to peace talks, South Vietnam was not on the same page — peace was out of the question at this point. Nixon later wrote in his memoirs that after Kissinger’s announcement, he “knew immediately that our bargaining position with the North Vietnamese would be seriously eroded ... and the problems it would cause with the South Vietnamese.” To add to that, Nixon is heard on White House tapes telling Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman: “See, the lead [story] that came out of his stuff, probably, is that ‘peace is at hand.’ Now that sets us up one hell of a hurdle. I wouldn’t have said that ... we have to live with it now for 10 days.” About 10 days later, on Nov. 7, Richard Nixon swept in the election, beating McGovern 520 to 17 electoral votes. This was the first time in American history in which a Republican candidate carried every southern state. McGovern won only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, a truly lopsided electoral tally. A sea of red had just re-elected Nixon. So what am I concluding? I’m not just inferring that perhaps Kissinger’s announcement, which of course proved to be false considering the war didn’t end until April of 1975, was a vehicle to boost election margins and guarantee Nixon the win. Well, their “October Surprise,” worked. Not convinced yet? In 1980, the incumbent Democratic president Jimmy Carter was running against Republican California Governor Ronald Reagan. It was a rough time for Carter as Election Day also marked one year in captivity for the American hostages in Iran. Carter’s “October Surprise” was predicted, a major operation to rescue the hostages — just in time for the election. That of course, would

Obama’s Attempt to Boost Ratings Falls Flat surely guarantee the win. However, Reagan outsmarted the Georgian peanut farmer with an alleged deal with the Iranians to hold the hostages until after the election. Gary Sick, member of the National Security council under Ford and Carter, tirelessly worked in an investigation to prove Reagan guilty. After being impeached, former President Bani-Sadr of Iran said: “the Reagan campaign struck a deal with Tehran to delay the release of the hostages in 1980 ... by the month before the American presidential election in November, many in Iran’s ruling circles were openly discussing the fact that ... the hostages’ release would be delayed until after the election so as to prevent President Carter’s re-election.” By no surprise, another electoral landslide took place; Reagan beat out Carter 489 to 49. Two separate investigations looked into Reagan’s “October Surprise,” however both concluded that there was no plan to seek to delay the hostages’ release. The hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981, the same day Reagan was sworn into office — coincidence? 1968, ’72, ’80, ’92, ’00, ’04 ... and now we come to 2012, a race to the White House that

has everyone wondering who will win. Since President Obama’s loss in the first debate, Governor Romney has been holding out on the lead. Gallup polls have had Romney up by six to seven points this past week. David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign advisor, did a great job making sure President Obama was on his A-game for the second round of debating, although Romney still holds the lead. With almost two weeks to go, what to do? Eureka! Another “October Surprise!” On Saturday, Oct. 20, The New York Times headline, “U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks,” hit the fan. What perfect timing, the weekend before the final debate, whose focus is on national security and foreign policy. In the article, author Helene Cooper writes, “It has the potential to help Mr. Obama make the case that he is nearing a diplomatic breakthrough in the decade-long effort by the world’s major powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but it could pose a risk if Iran is seen as using the prospect of the direct talks to buy time.” This is great news, although the article seems a bit sketchy when Cooper writes: “The

White House denied that a final agreement had been reached. ‘It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections,’ Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said Saturday evening.” Is Obama using this as a vehicle to gain a last minute surge in votes only for the world to find out after Nov. 6, that we have long way to go before one-on-one peace talks? The article wrote that the Iranians were clear that negotiations would take place only after the elections, “telling their American counterparts that they want to know with whom they would be negotiating.” I am curious to see how Gov. Romney addresses these alleged negotiations through the final two weeks in the campaign. This just in: according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on October 21, Obama and Romney are now tied 47 percent to 47 percent. Looks like this October “Obama Surprise,” may have worked after all. P.S. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I’m just a thinker.

Brett Lichtenberg is a College freshman from Hewlett, New York.


Free Pussy Riot Now!

Russian Feminist Punk Band Must Be Liberated Pussy Riot, a feminist punk-rock band made up of 12 anonymous members based in Moscow, Russia, has gotten a lot of worldwide recognition due to their “unorthodox” lyrics and “outspoken” political protests that speak against Russian president Vladimir Putin and general governmental policies that are deemed as patriarchal. Here is just a sample (translated from Russian) of the lyrics that they sing: “The head of the KGB, their chief saint, Leads protesters to prison under escort, In order not to offend His Holiness, Women must give birth and love Shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!

Shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!” In early March, three members of the group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested for this performance of their song “Punk Prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral. They were then tried in July under the Russian court for their acts of “hooliganism” (whatever that means). The three women were denied appeal and were just recently sentenced to two years in prison, a sentence Putin (and others in Russia) fervently supports. Many American musicians including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna have

shown their support for the feminist group and even though the three members have been convicted, music videos continue to be released by other anonymous members of Pussy Riot. The heart of this article is about whether or not Pussy Riot deserves their sentence. I would have to say, with absolutely no question, that these three members of Pussy Riot should be liberated. All they have done is speak out against a regime that relies heavily on the dogmatism of Christianity and the discrimination against women. Putin is using their jail sentence as a way to subtly undermine feminism as a whole. This issue transcends why they are in jail and

extends to the entire Feminist movement. I understand, logistically speaking, why the women were arrested, I just don’t understand why they were kept captive and then sentenced to two years in prison. I think the issue lies within the underlying ideology of modern Russian society. The society in which these Russian women live in has almost forced them to go to these extreme lengths to liberate themselves. The ironic thing is that Putin doesn’t realize that the kind of worldwide support they are getting is actually a win for this feminist group and Feminism as a global movement. Pussy Riot, especially the sentence of the three women listed above, has created a giant international uproar. Even human rights group Amnesty International has decided to back Pussy Riot. Not only that but Yoko Ono has said to be giving the LennonOno Grant for Peace to these feminists for their public protesting. Internationally speaking, other nations agree with me in that Pussy Riot should be free and be allowed to sing and act the way they please. Ostracizing these women for their actions brings our world back to a misogynistic society that we all thought was in the past. Women should always be free to act and say what they please. Maybe I’m being a bit presumptuous, but I feel that if these were men doing something along the same lines, the prosecution and governmental condemnation would be starkly different. Revolution is where the mind is, and it seems as if Pussy Riot is acting upon the right kinds of ideas. A grassroots movement is what is needed in Russia right now. Otherwise, the country will continue to digress. Internationally speaking, I understand that there are cultural differences; I just don’t think that the oppression of women should be an accepted cultural difference. Let’s all believe in progression and the equality between men and women. Let’s all believe in the separation of church and state, and let’s all believe in a revolution that is truly needed. Let’s free Pussy Riot!

Assistant Editorials Editor Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College sophomore from Coppell, Texas.



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By Jenna Kingsley Staff Writer Some students stand out more than others at Emory, sweaty athletes taped and iced after a hard practice to frantic freshman lamenting over their first midterms. But in the hustle and bustle of campus life, in the anonymity of the crowd, it is difficult to distinguish a thriving student from a struggling one. For those who have been hit with misfortune and financial hardship, many are turning to the Emory University Student Hardship Fund. Founded last year by Jordan Stein (‘12C) and Stephen Ratner (‘12C), the Student Hardship Fund aids students who find themselves facing an unmanageable financial burden due to unfortunate events of an unexpected nature. The fund provides grants that ease the cost of living for these Emory students. “There’s no way to know every student’s financial situation just by looking at them when they’re walking around on campus,” College junior and current chairman Jason Stern said. “You would have no idea how many students at Emory are struggling.” Sudden deaths in the family, fires or floods at home, uninsured medical bills, these are the types of hardships many members of the Emory community are facing, dealing with these accidents are troublesome enough on their own without bringing finances into the picture. Students are forced to reevaluate their resources, and the bills that follow can make a stressful situation even worse. Rather than worrying about the quality of the Dobbs University Center (DUC) food, these students worry about affording their next meal, buying a new outfit for an interview or paying their phone bill might weigh on their mind. Grants given to students, though,





ARIES Are you and that special someone really thinking about dressing up as salt and pepper again this year? Try spicing it up this time and go as CatDog instead. You’ll get to be extra close to each other the whole night.

Taurus Going trick-or-treating this year? If you bring a child with you, you’ll get the best stash of candy you’ve ever seen!

Gemini If you’re planning on visiting a haunted house this weekend, you might want to come prepared. By that we mean wearing some Depends because the guy with the chain saw behind you is sure to make you pee your pants.


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It can be hard to tell when students are struggling. The Student Hardship Fund awards grants to students who have undergone unexpected financial hardships; the application process is anonymous and involves a panel of students and faculty. do not cover books or tuition, and so the Student Hardship Fund is not a scholarship program. The grants are written on a need-only basis and have nothing to do with merit or grade point average. Eligible students can apply once a year, and there is no expectation for any of the grants to be paid back. The fund’s motto of “students helping students” was derived from

the idea that students on the committee that hand out the grants would be making the ultimate decision to help their fellow students. Stein, who studied political science and sociology, and Ratner, who majored in political science, developed the program to be comprised of a committee of three students, one faculty member and one staff member who works closely with the

Office of Financial Aid. The staff member reviews applications, interviews applicants and awards grants to students in need. Stern, who is studying political science and economics, was named chairman of the Student Hardship Fund for the 2012-2013 school year after serving on last year’s review committee. As chairman, he now oversees the fund’s entire process and


Next time you and your significant other have a date night, suggest watching “Silence of the Lambs.” The rings of Saturn are in sync this week and will bring you two closer together ... during all the scary scenes, at least.

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Stop by Six Flags Fright Fest for a ghoul of a time. If you don’t normally get a thrill out of the holiday festivities, this will be sure to give you an adrenaline kick.

A.J.’s Adventures: Braving a Frat Party

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Kilimanjaro Concealed By Austin Price Photography Editor I was told that on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the horizon. The perfect angle would provide a jaw-dropping view of the a lone peak amid the sprawling savanna, but today was not that day. I looked up, camera-ready, at a blank canvas on the distant horizon. Beneath heavily clouded skies, market vendors carted produce over jagged roads as salesmen pitched a variety of retail products amid jerking automobiles and weaving mopeds. If the mountain indeed stands paramount over this energetic scene, it lies hidden beneath the regional rainfall cloud cover. Soon after, I entered the nearby Maranatha Mission School where my father and his International Medical Outreach team busily distributed vitamin and deworming tablets to the primary school students. With a camera in hand, I documented the grounds: an imperfectlyconstructed bookshelf creaked under the weight of an incomplete and outdated set of encyclopedias; tattered calendars of years past and rudimentary mathematical tables covered cracks in the dilapidated walls; five students crowded around a splintered mahogany desk,

sharing a single copy of an English-language textbook and laughing at the image on the front cover. They had nothing in common with the blonde hair, blue eyes, pale complexions portrayed. As I photographed a particular teacher giving each student medicine, I recognized a vision for Africa that depended little on the iconic image of Kilimanjaro majestically displayed in in-flight magazines. I had seen enough wildlife specials and National Geographic cover photographs to expect a tremendous mountain backdrop to a colorful African market scene — Kilimanjaro standing triumphant and constant over the flora and fauna of the African wilderness. But American sensibilities for iconic landscapes do not always correlate with the realities of African life. Africans hope for health and education, yet a storm cloud obstructs both the picturesque and their pursuit for development all the same. Parasites and malnutrition supplement the difficulty of grasping literature and mathematical concepts. As medical outreach and educational reforms attempt to alleviate the struggle for the younger generation, the clouds on Kilimanjaro shift with the changing of the seasons.

With a camera in hand, I documented the grounds.

— Contact Austin Price at

Last weekend I went to a frat party at Georgia Tech. Girls go there. But mostly boys. At Tech, all their undergrads study practical things like science and engineering. They have to back up their claims with facts from reality. Unlike sociology. My lady friend from California took me to this party at the AEPi frat. Because the boys there are mostly from the South and are from a more varied socioeconomic background, the frats at Tech have more bravado, masculinity and overall rambunctiousness than the other frats I’ve visited. On a scale of Community Service Fraternity to alcohol enema pledge events, Tech’s frats fall closer to the alcohol enema side. It was cold, so the gentlemen kept their shirts on. The ladies either neglected to wear pants or had removed them before I arrived. They looked very cold. The Victorian era and feminist revolution are both long gone, but women still don’t dress comfortably. Someone in women’s studies should look into that. Or sociology. My California lady friend knew one of the frat stars at the party. His name was Josh. Josh the Frat Star was lanky and jovial, not unlike an Emory Frat Star. He graciously showed us his room. The frat house hallway resembled a typical dorm hallway, except for the smell. It smelled like brotherhood, and by that I mean Axe body spray. We walked into Josh’s room. I said, “Look at that, you have laundry detergent.” “Yes,” Josh the Frat Star answered. “Engineers also wash their clothes.” “Oh.” I replied. Like a Southern gentleman, he handed us beer. It was not Natural Light. A young lady stumbled in and shouted “Steven!” There was no


is a non-voting member. “When I first sat on the committee last year, I had no idea how many people who come to Emory are struggling financially,” Stern said. “You would never assume that just by looking around campus.” Any students who feel they meet this description are encouraged to


By A.J. Artis Staff Writer

There is an eerie haze surrounding Earth’s moon this Halloween weekend, so when you go to carve that pumpkin, be extra careful with the knife. It won’t run as smoothly as planned, and you might end up with one less finger.

Steven. She pointed at me and said, “You’re not Steven.” This is correct. She then said, “I mixed you up with someone else.” I replied, “It happens all the time. I’m black.” She replied, “Actually, it was your voice. I thought you were white.” “That’s how I get business calls returned.” I replied. Someone wrote a Linguistics paper about that. Or sociology. Josh the Frat Star then took us downstairs to the patio with the four beer pong tables. He told us about the science he does. He told us how science saves lives. Science also helps people walk again, improves air travel, provides for the Internet and closes gaps between the rich and poor. He is working on a science machine that helps cars run on hydrogen. I write essays about history. Because Josh the Frat Star is a frat star, his tribe has predetermined norms to maintain status. One key norm is above-average skill at beer pong. When I played with Josh the Frat Star against two girls, the cultural expectations were that he would win. The first cup he hit was the middle cup. An enforcer of frat culture laughed and asked, “Trying out for the JV team, sweetie?” The middle cup is the easiest cup. He should have tried to score in a more difficult position. Frats are a shame-based society. Josh failed to make another two cups, reinforcing negative expectations and setting him up for marginalization from the tribe. Should he lose the game, his tribe would likely ostracize him by casting aspersion upon his sexuality. A fellow engineer walked up and wrote something on Josh’s arm in highlighter. I asked, “Is that some sort of engineer trick?” “No,” answered Josh. “He just

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Libra Considering dressing up as Lady Gaga again this year? Go for it! The moons of Uranus are orbiting in a perfect elliptical this weekend, which means you’ll be able to pull it off one more time. Besides, you have plenty of her looks to choose from.

Scorpio We know you always try to pick the most scandalous costume available, but try thinking of something that’s actually clever this year. It will make everyone’s head turn with laughter.

Sagittarius You and your friend will have a big blow out in the near future, so there will be no SpongeBob to your Patrick while going out this weekend. Instead, curl up under the covers with those old Goosebump books and be scared all alone.

Capricorn This weekend is the perfect time to hang out with friends! Get some people together to tell ghost stories and bake a pumpkin pie. I think your horoscope writers deserve a slice too, in exchange for the favorable prediction.

Aquarius Who do you think you are? Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Don’t even think about going anywhere without your garlic when the 31st comes around. Some bloodthirsty vampires will be lurking around the corner and they won’t be the Robert Pattinson kind.

Pisces Booooooo careful! Horoscopes by Isabella Fraschilla and Liz Frame




Friday, October 26, 2012

Student Activities Calendar Friday, October 26 — Thursday, November 1 RELIGIOUS LIFE


Hindu Students Association

General Body Meeting and Discussion on Gurus in Hinduism Friday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m. Cannon Chapel

Emory Gymnastics

Gymnasty, A Club Gymnastics Competition Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Atlanta School of Gymnastics

Followed by Aarthi and Prasaad.


Hillel at Emory

Shabbat Cooking Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.—1:30 p.m., 3—4 p.m. Marcus Hillel Center Meet the Parents Shabbat Friday, Oct. 26, Services at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Hillel Center

Starving Artists Production

The Bible: The Complete Work of God (abridged) Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. WHSCAB Amphitheater Three actors, two testaments and one hilarious romp through the Judeo-Christian holy texts!

Emory Karma Bhangra

Parents must RSVP at

Best of Emory: Live! Saturday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. McDonough Field

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Weekly Meeting: Bible Study Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Candler Library Room 114

Karma Bhangra will be performing for Parents’ Weekend. Enjoy a lovely show with your parents!

Emory Christian Fellowship


Emory Robotics and Computer Engineering Robotics Club Meeting Sunday, Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m. Math and Science Center W304

Relay For Life

Kickoff 2012 Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. Asbury Circle

Emory Pre-Nursing Club Second Meeting Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Cox Classroom A

We will be discussing Spring courses and creating a two-year academic plan.


Karma will be performing at this year’s Partnership Walk ATL again! Come support us and have a ball at Centennial Park!

Global Medical Brigades

Xposure Talent Show Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church

Persian Cuisine Buffet at Fanoos Saturday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m. Meet at Coke Commons. Only $5.

Meet at the Emory Experience Shuttle stop.

Weekly General Body Meeting Monday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Anthropology 303

Xi Kappa

Persian Cultural Club

Photography Club

Excursion to Little Five Points Saturday, Oct. 27. 2:30 p.m.

Partnership Walk ATL Sunday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m. Centennial Park

“Thursdays at 7” Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Candler Library 114

Ad Hoc Productions

Indian Cultural Exchange

Spring Awakening Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. Burlington Road Black Box

Diwali Ticket Sales Monday, Oct. 2—Thursday, Nov. 1, 11:30—3:30 p.m. DUC Coke Commons

Information Session Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. in White Hall 206 Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. in White Hall 101

Alloy Literary Magazine Submissions Review Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Candler Library 114

Outdoor Emory

Weekly General Body Meeting Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Harland Cinema

Emory Pride

Philanthropy Night Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m. Maddio’s (in Toco Hills)

Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Callaway C101

Want to be listed on our calendar?

Email Elizabeth Howell at ehowel5@emory. edu. Include the name of your event, the name of your organization, date and time, location and a one-sentence description of the event.

French Club

Table Francaise Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m. French and Italian Department

Poetry Contest Think you’ve got what it takes to write an awardwinning poem?

PROVE IT. Introducing Student Life’s first ever poetry contest! Word limit: 300. Rules: anything goes. Email submissions by November 15th to jgroot@ First place gets published on the front page of Student Life. Maximum of one entry per contestant, please.

Good luck, and have fun!



Emory Anime Club

Weekly Meeting Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. White Hall 101

Fund Relies on Donations for All its Expenses Continued from Page 9 apply. The grants are available to all Emory University students, not just those enrolled in the College. Applications can be found in the Office of Financial Aid or online. Stern insisted that after the application, being involved with the fund becomes a very personal process. After applications are reviewed, applicants meet with the committee to discuss their financial situation. The list of students on the committee are not disclosed to the public and all come from different walks of life at Emory. Committee members are as diverse as the pool of applicants, some come from the College, some are from the Business or Medical School and so on. “It’s not just like you’re sending in an application and you get a ‘you’ll hear back soon,’” Stern said. “You’re seeing faces and getting a chance to explain your situation. You get to interact with the people who will ultimately be making the decision.” The final decision on the amount

of the grant can vary, but the maximum any student can receive from the fund is $500 per academic year. This amount can make a huge difference for a student trying to support him or herself financially. A unique concept of the Student

“It’s a really good way to give back to the Emory community... We are really helping struggling students get the most of their Emory experience.” — Jason Stern, SHF Chairman Hardship Fund is that it derives all of its funds from donations. Each dollar it awards is the gift of generous faculty members, alumni, parents and students themselves. Stern said that the program is constantly fundraising. The more money they raise, the more grants the fund

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can give. “Simply put, if we don’t have any money, we can’t help any students,” Stern said. The fund is completely confidential, and the committee keeps the financial records of its applicants private by working with financial aid officer Delicia Lucky. She attends every committee meeting and follows up with all the students. She also serves as a buffer between the student’s financial records and the committee because the information is confidential. The confidentiality of the fund, according to Stern, along with its unique “students helping students” perspective make the organization a crucial resource for a number of students that need some extra help supporting themselves. “It’s a really good way to give back to the Emory community,” Stern said. “We are really helping struggling students get the most of their Emory experience.”

— Contact Jenna Kingsley at

By Chloe Olewitz

To an Outsider, Frat Star Rituals Seem Awkward Continued from Page 9 wrote slut on my arm.” “Oh.” As it turns out, engineers do not play beer pong using protractors. Because Tech is like a monastery of science, the outside world does not heavily influence their dancing. The boys do not gyrate their hips. The dance moves are angular, stiff and devoid of an urban style. In an attempt to maintain masculine norms, the majority of dance moves radiate from the chest — the male center of gravity. They dance as if taught by the Vitruvian Man. This form of peacocking does less to attract potential mates than the more boisterous gentlemen at the beer pong table. Josh the Frat Star struck up a conversation with a potential mate. She wore robin’s-egg-blue eyeliner to evoke feelings of springtime and

mating. Josh kept eye contact while tossing pong balls at the other team’s cups. He missed each time. The societal approval he would gain from bedding this woman was greater than that of winning the beer pong game.

There’s no shame in losing at beer pong, because no one is paying attention. The lady was not receptive to his advances. This is not because he was losing the beer pong game. Studies show most women are not interested in how many cups a frat star can hit in a row, despite outward appearances.

Unlike many girls who go to frat parties, she did not feign interest in the game or the gentleman. Flirting during beer pong is hard. There were more girls than I thought there would be. This is because a disproportionate number flock to frat houses. They choose the frat house because only the most alpha of males join these organizations. Confidence is attractive. Further the women are drawn in by the frat’s free alcohol and loud dance music. One song was a remixed version of a popular Korean Pop song. They even engineer sound. When it was time to leave, I felt relieved to return to my own campus. But I learned a very valuable lesson: there’s no shame in losing at beer pong, because no one is paying attention.

— Contact A.J. Artis at


itting on the Quad on Tuesday, I’m the only one. No one crosses it, no one uses it. Maybe it’s because it’s still wet, but that doesn’t bother me. I have an old Emory sweatshirt that I throw into the grass, and I plop myself in the middle of the sunny expanse far away from the shade of that one tree I call mine because the rooted nook at its base holds my back with strength and sturdiness. I pull out my Chipotle lunch bag, and I remember I’ve forgotten my fork. I push the bag aside, arranging my now grass-stained book bag under my head, straps worn with the weight of library books I have yet to return. I recline to feel the burn of autumn sun on my shoulders, itchy from the wool of cold weather sweaters. Maybe everyone’s at the farmer’s market. I sat on Cox Bridge early today, during a class hour that saw the brick roads empty but for cars and trucks unloading what’s delicious onto booths covered with uneven and mismatched tablecloths that manage to be completely and entirely perfect. Walking between the market and Quad

under the shade of the leaves turning trees, the gnats swarm. Somewhere scurrying among them are campus squirrels that seem to be particularly hungry this season, acorn-mouthed and on edge. I think there has been a noticeable increase in the chipmunk population, hiding around the Candler Library building bushes and in the woods behind the Carlos Museum, but I could be wrong. I daydream into the green tuft tops of the trees around our flag pole, and what I see is brown closest to the heart. It’s almost time. The trees sway, and at the corners of the top of the Quad, some branches are impatient. The leaves begin to pile, and maybe that’s why the gnats are swarming and why the critters are defensively nutting in a frenzy. I’m a little frenzied too this week, and I think a lot of us are feeling the compounded crumble of letting time go by and spending too long and pushing too hard for too much or not enough. And somehow, the squirrels, the chipmunks and the muddy brown leaves manage to cheer me from my overscheduled stresses like a classic Disney movie.




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Smith: Upsets are Exciting, But New System Needs Tweaking Continued from The Back Page moth of a regular season. Neither the Tigers nor the Giants were the top team in their league this year, finishing with the third-best records in the AL and NL, respectively. Both had to beat teams with better records in the postseason, yes, but that’s not the issue — the issue is that the playoff system makes it far too easy to do this. There’s no real way to remedy the problem, and there shouldn’t be; after all, upsets make for more exciting games. But the system undoubtedly needs tweaking. First off, the division series should be bumped to a full seven games. This allows for a superior team’s depth to play more of a factor in the series and avoids the all-too-common scenario of a hotshot squad carried into the semifinals by a single stalwart starting pitcher (aka Justin Verlander powering the 88-win Tigers past the 94-win Athletics this year). That brings us to the matter of the second Wild Card. Presumably added to increase fan interest for middling clubs, it serves as nothing more than a gimmicky addition to an otherwise fine regular season. The five-game division series is already too short — why add a sudden death-type game that already did a quick job in eliminating a team (the Braves) that

finished a full six games ahead of its opponent? Fans would surely cry foul at its removal — and justly so, as it certainly adds another layer of drama to the postseason — but it’s another easy entry pass to the playoffs for a team that usually won’t deserve to be there. Would an altered playoff system have dramatically changed the results this season? Probably not, if the ease with which the Tigers yawned through the ALCS and the Giants’ dramatic comeback are anything to go by. Upsets are a quintessential part of sports, as is the fact that championship-caliber teams don’t get a free pass for their performance in the regular season. But still, the addition of the second Wild Card is an unsettling first step toward the 53 percent trend, a trend that the MLB has rightfully avoided until 2012. As for the World Series? With the momentum they’ve gathered from their seven-game battle with the Cardinals while the Tigers twiddled their thumbs in the clubhouse, I’d be surprised if the Giants don’t pull it off. It’s not about which team is better — it’s about which team has the hot hand. — Contact Ryan Smith at

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With Post-Season Looming, Celebrity PICK ‘EMS Women Hope to Go On Attack With Bennett O. all season with three forwards, with two midfielders in play as well. Our score; outshooting the Lady Scots scheme helps us to create opportuni18-5, with eight shots on goal to the ties on goal.” Lady Scots’ two. Although still undefeated, there is Emory’s senior still work to be done goalkeeper Erica as the season winds Stein picked up her down and the smell “A clean sheet in ninth clean sheet of of postseason play is that game gave us the season. in the air. “A clean sheet in “As our oppoa solid regional that game gave us a nent’s difficulty win.” solid regional win,” level increases in Stein said. “It shows the final third half — Erica Stein, of season, we canthat as a team, we senior goalkeeper not turn the ball were able to get up early, continue to over,” Patberg said. be strong and not “We need to make give up any errors. the other goalkeeper Whenever we can play the entire make plays and tough decisions. We game and not give up any goals, it is also want to improve our execution a testament to our entire team’s play.” on set pieces, corner kicks and free Through 15 games, the Eagles kicks.” have outscored their opponents 46-8 This was the first in 15 games that and have outshot their opponents Covenant allowed more than one goal 377-81. in a game. The 46 goals are tied for the 10th Emory will attempt to extend most in school history. The Eagles their undefeated run today, when the are now 33-0-6 in their last 39 games. Eagles resume UAA play as they “It is really important to have the travel to Brandeis University (Mass.) mentality that when we attack, we for a 4 p.m. match-up. make something happen,” Patberg — Contact Drew Heumansaid. “We like to attack and to attack Gutman at in numbers. We have been playing

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Tampa (+5.5) at Minn. N.E. vs. St. Louis (+7) Ind. (+3.5) at Tennessee Jax (+15.5) at Green Bay S.D. at Cleveland (+2.5) Atlanta (+2.5) at Philly Seattle (+2.5) at Detroit Miami (+2.5) at N.Y. Jets Carolina (+7.5) at Chicago Washington (+4.5) at Pitt. Oakland (+1) at Kansas N.Y. Giants at Dallas (+2) N.O. (+6) at Denver S.F. at Arizona (+6.5)

WHO THE HECK IS BENNETT and why is he making the picks... After tremendous reader feedback with the addition of Celebrity Pick ‘Ems last week (that is correct, the high and mighty powers that be over here at the Wheel listen to what you folks on the ground are saying), we have decided to continue this weekly tradition with the picks of one of our own. It is our pleasure to introduce BENNETT OSTDIEK, assistant to the sports editor, gentleman and scholar, as this week’s featured celebrity. We know what people are going to say — an assistant to the sports editor for a biweekly college newspaper is not a celebrity, the lowering of the standards for celebrity in this age of Us Weekly and People is indicative of wider cultural decline — but we choose to concentrate on the fact that Bennett has a 45-29-2 record against the spread this year.

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Sophomore defender Sarah Kuehl looking to pass the ball. The Eagles defeated the Lady Scots 3-0 in their final home game.


Patel: Ignore the Hype, Hold Off Believing in Denver Continued from The Back Page



New Orleans Saints at DENVER BRONCOS So basically, what we have here is a Saints team that started out awfully but has played with some sort of dignity these past few games against a Peyton Manning-led Broncos team that just orchestrated an exceptional comeback. There was actually an article written on ESPN about how the Denver Broncos are sneakily the best team in the AFC.


I am pretty upset about how I was almost basically practically right last weekend with my pick, until Eli turned on Eli (sounds much better with Brady) and took the Giants into the promised land. And then, if they weren’t rated properly enough, DeAngelo Hall took a stab at the Giants, once again making them look like the no-one-believes-in-us team again. I think the NFL is corrupt and has some sort of Ponzi scheme keeping the Giants in this mentality all season, and not just for the playoffs. I also might not have a full grasp on what a Ponzi scheme is. But I think the Giants are going to wipe the floor with the Cowboys or get wiped.

Because there is no way Eli Manning is ever going to lose a close game again, period. And I have enough faith in him to pick the Giants. Look at Ramses Barden to put up a huge game; Dallas has two good cornerbacks, and that’s it. Giants 34

What do you like to do in your free time? What is a big pet peeve of yours? What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta? Do you have any superstitions? What is your favorite part of your team? Do you have any weird quirks?


I will not make a comment about that, but one thing that has been written in most of my articles is how I am not a believer in the Denver Broncos. Their running attack is atrocious, the wide receiving corps is too young and the defense just has not hit their stride. Is there a chance that they can change things around and possibly make a run at the Super Bowl? Possibly. That is the beauty of the NFL. A team can wander in relative mediocrity for 15 weeks of the season, turn on the jets and win the Super Bowl. However, those jets are not being turned on this week, and I believe the Saints will come out on top. But it will be close. Any wide receiver on New Orleans is usually a good bet, but I think that Devery Henderson

and Lance Moore will get a lot of looks with Marques Colston being locked down by Champ Bailey. New

Orleans 28 DENVER 24 Last week, my prediction of the Flacco-Schaub competition of who was going to be the worst quarterback was almost spot-on. My Redskins pick was almost nailed inside of two minutes before Eli said no. But that’s the beauty of sports, as long as you didn’t have money on the wrong side. And I am looking forward to enjoying all that beauty now that I have finished my tests and can afford to relax all weekend long. Everyone enjoy Halloween weekend part one safely. Let’s hope I’m right. — Contact Jayson Patel at

The Vikings are facing the Buccaneers in the long-anticipated showdown of the only two NFL teams named after seafaring pillagers. Pirates are scary, but this week, these Norse warriors will have Thor and his hammer on their side as they make the Buccaneers walk the plank. New England and St. Louis will be playing in England this week, the home of the Beatles, the Queen and the original sport of football. We all know that new is better than old and thus, just as new football is superior to old, New England will step up its game while playing in old England and emerge victorious. Despite being the only undefeated team left in the league, Atlanta is the underdog against Philadelphia. But The New York Times said Atlanta is the nation’s hip-hop capital, so look to see some of that swag on the field Sunday as the Falcons win. There can be nothing stupider than to name a university after a color (see Brown) or to name a university’s sport’s teams after a color (see Stanford Cardinal, Harvard Crimson). But to name a professional football team after a color? Brilliant. Look to see Cleveland unplug the Chargers. Green Bay is favored by 15.5 over Jacksonville, more than double the second-largest point spread this week. Jacksonville is really and truly awful, but it is hard to lose by 15.5 points in the NFL. If anyone can do it the Jaguars can, but expect them to only lose by 14.

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Women’s Tennis

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Relax at my apartment while watching TV and drinking tea.

Travel and enjoy the outdoors.


Sleep, watch TV and bake.

Read or hang out with my hall mates.

When people drag their feet.

When people don’t go on a green light because they’re texting.

People who don’t follow instructions. Crooked lines on a soccer field.

When people try to hold conversations with you while you’re studying.



Maddios or Yeah! Burger



I have the same ritual in every change over.

I tie my shoes three different times before games.

Team dinners on Fridays.

Stretching conversation during warm-ups.

I’m not really superstitious but I always wear a specific bracelet for good luck. Everyone’s positive attitude and the team camaraderie.

I put on my socks, shoes and shin guards on my right foot first.

Doing some sort of research and still playing tennis.

I put my shoes, socks, knee pads and ankle guards on in the same order. How different all of our personalities are from one another.

Serve with the same ball that was used in the last point if I won.

Gameday superstitions

Usually injured

Nope. None at all. I’m completely normal.

I’m incredibly addicted to coffee and tea.

I prefer orange juice with my pizza.

Atlanta Fish Market Eat the same meal for breakfast if I’m winning or different meal if I’m losing.

Listen to music and watch TV.

My alarm clock

The chemistry

You heard it here first — Justin Verlander is dating Kate Upton. Yes, the star pitcher of the American League champions Tigers and the cover model for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. And she is gorgeous (see above [assistant to the editor’s note: we originally included a lovely, tasteful picture of her in this column, but the editor removed it and threatened to fire your On Fire correspondent]). In ages past, the beauty of women has inspired men to war (see Troy, Helen of) or song (see Lovely, Isn’t She), but all Upton managed to inspire Verlander to do was allow five runs in only four innings. Maybe he could not handle her beauty. Maybe he should leave her to someone who can (see On Fire correspondent, your). Game two of the World Series is tonight, and Madison Bumgarner will be pitching for the Giants against Doug Fister and the Tigers. Between the two of them, they have two of the coolest last names in all of sports, and as far as we are aware, neither has a hot girlfriend, so we at On Fire are predicting a close game.


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Volleyball Breanah Bourque was named the AVCA D-III National Volleyball Player of the Week following the Wid Guisler Invitational.

Golf After his performance at the D-III Golfweek Fall Preview, Johnathan Chen was named the UAA Golfer of the Week.

Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team is ranked 22nd in the Preseason Poll. The Eagles are one of three UAA teams ranked (Wash U No. 9 and Rochester No. 24).


We Have Seen All Of This Before Ryan Smith The 2012 MLB playoffs have provided no shortage of drama. We’ve had extra wild cards, questionable infield flies, high-profile benchings and, most notably, appearances in the World Series by a pair of red-hot underdogs in the Tigers and Giants. And yet something feels awfully trite about Tim McCarver’s declaration that “baseball’s two best teams” are facing off in the Fall Classic. Yes, the Tigers and Giants have defied expectations and knocked off a pair of favored teams in dramatic fashion on their way to the championship — but haven’t we seen this before? Problem is, we have, and for several years in a row at that. The Tigers and Giants, while certainly two impressive, evenly matched clubs, were not the best teams in the MLB this year. Nor were the Cardinals in 2011, or the Giants in 2010, or the Phillies in 2008, to provide a few recent examples. It’s not difficult to tell. Undoubtedly the best feature of Major League Baseball is its regular season — a season so long that it leaves literally no doubt as to the best teams by its conclusion. Other sports’ regular seasons are shorter and sloppier. Teams don’t have time to hit their stride and, as a result, nearly half the league’s teams are invited to the postseason (that’s not an exaggeration — 53 percent of NHL and NBA teams make the playoffs). Baseball doesn’t have that problem. The regular season is stretched out so long through 162 games that the food chain is clearly established by the time October rolls around. Then the fans — and worse, the teams — are subjected to a messy playoff system that fails to reward the best teams and got even messier this year with the addition of a second wild card game. 2011 was a prime example. The Phillies owned the league’s best record by far, soaring into the playoffs with 102 wins and then promptly getting tripped up in a quick fivegame wild card series by the red-hot Cardinals. No one could argue that the Cardinals weren’t the best team during the playoffs, as they went on to claim the World Series, but here’s the rub — they barely earned it during the season, sneaking in on the season’s last day and finishing a full 12 games worse than the Phillies over the regular season. The Cardinals were the beneficiaries of a playoff system that rewards late-season surges more than consistency — a theory that works just fine over the course of a 16-game NFL season, for example, but year in and year out undermines MLB’s behe-

See SMITH, Page 11

Volleyball Seniors Step Up For Eagles By Alex Del Re Contributing Writer Four years ago, two freshmen walked onto campus, not knowing what to expect out of college either academically or athletically but excited to play volleyball for Emory. They wanted to prove that they were here not only to compete, but to win. Now, seniors and co-captains along with fellow senior Alena Ransom, Breanah Bourque and Alex Duhl have led their team to a 27-4 record and a No. 6 national ranking this season. Bourque began playing volleyball in third grade and has excelled at it ever since. In high school, she was three-time team MVP of her school team and was even named her high school’s Student Athlete of the Year her senior year (2008-09). She loves her sport, but she also appreciates a great education. “I chose Emory because it just felt right for me,” Bourque said. “I knew that I would be playing for an extremely talented and competitive team with coaches who love what they do and treat you like family. Emory offered me all of this and presented challenging academics, a combination that is not easy to come by at other universities.” Since she has joined the team, Bourque has excelled. She stands first on Emory’s career hitting percentage list (.386), eighth in kills per set (3.04) and seventh in kills with 1,405. She was named the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s (AVCA) player of the week this past week and was an All-American in 2011. Duhl began playing for Emory in 2009, putting up impressive numbers in her rookie season. She began playing volleyball in fourth grade, but did not join a club team till seventh grade. Captain of her squad, Duhl excelled in high school and was named Most

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Senior middle hitters and co-captains Alex Duhl (left) and Breanah Bourque (right) have led the Eagles to a 27-4 record and a No. 6 national ranking this season. Inspirational Player both her junior and senior years. “I picked Emory because I wanted to play on a team that could compete for a national championship and also give me the chance to be able to be a student and take school seriously,” Duhl said. “I wanted a school where athletics and academics were equally valued, and Emory offered that.” Duhl immediately proved that she would be a valuable asset to her teammates. In her freshman year, she led the team in total blocks and blocks per set. Even though she sat out her sophomore year due to injury, she still ranks 19th on Emory’s all time list for block assists (158). Duhl has captured

Honorable Mention All-UAA honors and has recorded consistently strong showing in championships when her team needs it most. Since they have joined the team, both Duhl and Bourque have continually impressed their coach and teammates. Their extreme commitment and dedication to the team has had an impact since they started playing for Emory. Head Coach Jenny McDowell saw the potential in them from the beginning. “I started recruiting them both as juniors in high school,” McDowell said. “I saw them both play in high school; we knew they were the per-

fect fit for Emory.” Both Bourque and Duhl are having their best campaigns at Emory so far this season. They are leading a relatively young team through what has been an impressive year to this point. “Both have had their best seasons this year,” McDowell said. “The combination of the two of them has been so effective. In addition to their impressive skills on the court, Bourque and Duhl have personalities that keep the team bonded together. “They have a phenomenal impact both on and off the court. They are tremendous leaders and give off great

examples through how they live their lives,” McDowell said. Freshman setter Sydney Miles has experienced this terrific leadership firsthand. “Breanah and Alex are incredible players,” Miles wrote in an email to the Wheel. “I have never played with anyone so dedicated and so talented. They have really guided me in the right direction Even though I am a freshman, they have made me feel like an important part of the team.” Through playing the same position, Bourque and Duhl have established a strong dynamic that is rooted in their great friendship off the court. They know that they are there for each other and will help when one is having an off day. “I know that when I come out and she goes in that nothing is going to change on the court and that she is going to get it done” Bourque said. “When I am having an off game, Duhl will pick up the game I need to be picking up, and vice versa.” Duhl and Bourque both want to succeed as players, but they want the team to win more than anything else. “I love everyone on the team and our dynamic is really awesome,” Duhl said. “We play for each other.” McDowell could not have been happier with the choice of Duhl and Bourque as captains. On reflecting on the impact that they have had both on the team and on herself, McDowell explained that she could not imagine the team without them. “Over the four years, their winning percentage has been unbelievable,” McDowell said. “They are great people, and they have changed my life in so many ways. The impact they have had on me in four years, just as a coach; I will be forever indebted to them. They are unbelievable people.” — Contact Alexander Del Re at



The ‘Beej’ Knows Best: NFL Week 8 DETROIT LIONS

Jayson Patel

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Sophomore midfielder Claudia Rowe chases the ball. Rowe notched her fourth assist of the season on the Eagles’ third goal in their 3-0 victory over Covenant College on Monday.

Dominant Win Continues Team’s Undefeated Streak By Drew Heuman-Gutman Contributing Writer The Emory women’s soccer team ended its 2012 regular season non-conference schedule with Oct. 22 a dominant 3-0 EMORY 3, performance over COVENANT Covenant College COLLEGE 0 (Ga.) on Monday night to maintain an undefeated record. The Eagles are now 11-0-4 on the season and 3-0-1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. With their victory, the Eagles extended their regular season win streak to an unbelievable 39 games. Covenant fell to 12-4-1 with the loss. “It was a collective effort in that our entire team played,” Head Coach

Sue Patberg said. “For us, it was an opportunity to play well and use the whole roster, especially those who have been training so hard but have not had the minutes they’ve deserved.” Emory needed only 34 seconds to get on the board when junior midfielder Kelly Costopoulos received sophomore forward Charlotte Butker’s pass in the box, sending it past Covenant keeper sophomore Hannah Bales for her co-team-leading seventh goal. “She [Kelly] is a great possession player and is able to connect passes all over the field,” Patberg said. “She plays at a good speed and is very good at runs into the box and finishing in the box. As small as she is, she is very strong in the air at winning goal kicks headers.”

Butker notched her team-leading tenth assist. She is just two shy of the program’s single-season record for assists in a season. The Eagles capitalized again in the fourth minute when junior forward Veronica Romero scored off junior defender Lauren Gorodetsky’s assist for her co-leading seventh goal. Throughout the first half, the Lady Scots could not handle the Eagles’ potent offensive attack. The Eagles extended their lead to three as freshman midfielder Jordan Morell headed in a pass from sophomore midfielder Claudia Rowe. It was Morell’s second career collegiate goal and Rowe’s fourth assist of the season. The Eagles dominated the box

See WITH, Page 11

I read an article recently on ESPN that discussed possible trade options for NFL teams that are either underachieving or one piece away from contention. It was an interesting article, not because of its content, but because it was written prior to Week 8 of this NFL season. Due to the changes in the new collective bargaining agreement, the NFL had agreed to move its trade deadline back two weeks, allowing for teams to get a better picture of where they stand and make their moves accordingly. The problem is that trades rarely happen during the NFL season; generally they occur around draft time, involving picks. I have a solution to this problem that would not only increase the trade market but also create a lot more buzz during the last few weeks of the season: move the trade deadline to week 13. Teams that are in contention have only three weeks left to make an impact, while teams that are out of contention only have three weeks to bottom out and gain a high draft pick. If those bad teams could trade their under-performing stars that late and get a first round pick, not only would they have more tools to get better in the off-season, but also the good teams would get better, creating an even more competitive playoff atmosphere. Roger Goodell, I am not saying that you absolutely must do this, but considering how essentially everything you have done this season has been controversial, this is possibly exactly what the NFL needs. Just a thought — now on to the picks (HOME TEAM IN CAPS).

Seattle Seahawks at

There are two ways to look at this game. The first is to recognize how Seattle has one of the best defenses and run offenses in the game and how their 4-3 record does not speak to how good of a team they are because they have kept every game close. Fair. The second is to look at Detroit as an underachieving powerhouse, a la San Diego Chargers every start of the season, and look at this week as a bust-out-of-the-bushes game. I tend to view it as the first. Seattle needs a bit more consistent quarterback play to get good, but in this game, I see the Seahawks controlling Matthew Stafford and the Seattle running attack going off. There are a lot of carries to be had, so watch Robert Turbin this week, especially if Marshawn Lynch cannot play.

Seattle 24 DETROIT 10

Atlanta Falcons at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES It is hard not to be on the Falcons’ bandwagon at this point. It has been their great offense, finally in sync with a great defense leading to easy victories and an undefeated slate thus far. Right? Wrong. Dead wrong. The Falcons have had one of the worst rushing attacks in the league, a mediocre pass defense and an atrocious run defense. Their success has solely been based upon clutch play by their quarterback and timely stops by their defense. Otherwise, the Falcons could easily be at 3-4 and Mike Smith could be out of a job. However, the Eagles are in turmoil. They have just fired their defensive coordinator, and their offense is in a rut. However, I believe that this will be motivation to come out strong, and in front of their home crowd, they will pull off the upset. Keep an eye on Jacquizz Rodgers this week. PHILADELPHIA 31

Atlanta 27

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